About us

Homes for Lambeth is a company wholly owned by Lambeth Council. Our aim is to build, for the council, strong and sustainable communities, and delivering high-quality homes. Our ambitious programme, which you can see on the ‘our projects’ tab, sets out our goal to maximise the number of homes provided at genuinely affordable rents.

As part of our core values at Homes for Lambeth, we work with carefully selected architects and existing residents on the estates we are rebuilding, to create homes and communities that will thrive for many years to come. 

Our vision: Why we need to build more and better homes

The housing crisis that Lambeth faces is stark and severe, approximately 28,000 people are now on the council’s waiting list for social housing, including 1,800 families who are homeless and in temporary accommodation, with more 5,000 children in this position. Another 1,300 families in the borough live in severely overcrowded accommodation. Families living in the private rented sector in Lambeth face an average rent close to £1,500 per month, have little security, with short tenancies.  

It is for this reason that Lambeth Council has launched the biggest house building programme for a generation. Lambeth Council and Homes for Lambeth are committed to building at least 1,000 extra homes at council level rent and will help fund these homes by also building new homes for private renters in the borough. 

If you are a current resident of Homes for Lambeth or live on an estate Homes for Lambeth will be rebuilding you can visit our dedicated website engage.homesforlambeth.co.ukYour voice and opinions will help us improve our services to you. Additionally, you can contact [email protected] about any queries regarding our programme on your estate.

Our Executive Team

Jitinder Takhar - Chief Executive Officer

Jitinder is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Homes for Lambeth. She has a wealth of Housing and Development experience and joined us from Local Space where she was Chief Executive for three years. Jitinder has a long history of working in partnerships with local authorities, as well as working closely with resident forums to drive up standards and satisfaction levels. She has been a member of the National Housing Federation (NHF) regional committee in the South West and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) London Board.

Melanie Hyland - Director of Finance & Resources

Melanie is Finance Director at Homes for Lambeth. A recognised senior business leader, she has a wealth of knowledge and key skills within all functions of finance. Melanie is experienced in the production of award-winning annual reports, strategic planning and modelling, people management and mentoring, Investor Relations and corporate structuring. Melanie has overseen projects and financial development in all sizes of organisations, from AIM-listed companies to start-ups. She has knowledge of HR, IT and corporate governance as well as extensive experience with complex structures, accounting and obtaining funding.

Jason Emile - Director of Development

Jason is the Director of Development at Homes for Lambeth and leads the Development and Construction teams. He is responsible for managing sites right through from pre-development to the delivery of quality homes. Before joining Homes for Lambeth, Jason was at Berkeley Homes where he spent five years in a number of roles, including Head of Technical and Development Director working on prestigious developments including Goodman’s Fields and Trent Park.

Samantha Herelle - Director of Operations

Samantha is the Director of Operations at Homes for Lambeth. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations at Mount Green Housing Association and has over a decade’s experience within the industry. From leading housing management and operation teams to deliver strong performance and high customer satisfaction levels to delivering resident engagement strategies and maximising social impact activity. Samantha has also been a Non-Executive Board member at Optivo Housing and Viridian Housing. In 2017, she contributed to the merger of Viridian with AmicusHorizon, creating a 44,000 home organisation with the development capacity of 1,500 homes per year.

Our Board

Caroline Pillay (Chair of HFL Group)

Caroline is a Senior Partner at Airey Miller Partnership. In her career, she has worked with councils and their development teams to bring forward affordable housing schemes. Caroline is also a board member of Social Sustainable Capital and of Women In Social Housing. Caroline originally trained in Social Work and Nursing at London South Bank University before moving into housing and later graduating in the Urban Regeneration MSc from the UCL’s Bartlett, School of Planning.

Richard Stevens (Chair of HFL Homes)

Richard is a Non-Executive Director on the Homes for Lambeth Group Board and Chairs the Homes for Lambeth Homes Board. He is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career as a partner, specialising in audit and assurance. He has held non-executive roles in the social housing sector since 2005 (Family Mosaic) and currently sits on the boards of Charlton Triangle Homes (Peabody Group), Local Space and Saxon Weald.

Wendy Stokes (Chair of HFL Living)

Wendy is a Non-Executive Director at Homes for Lambeth, sitting on the Homes for Lambeth Group and Build boards and as the Chair of Homes for Lambeth Living. She has led and advised on a number of local authority housing projects, recently on a large-scale mixed-use regeneration project and on setting up Ealing’s council-owned development company, Broadway Living, then acting as interim Managing Director.

Stewart Davenport (Chair of HFL Build)

Stewart sits as a Non-Executive Director on the Homes for Lambeth Group Board and is Chair of the Homes for Lambeth Build Board. He is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Development and Investment Committee for One Housing and also Non-Executive Director and trustee of Tara Developments a housing, civil engineering and groundwork’s company. He has an extensive background in housing, having worked at affordable housing specialists Lovell Partnerships for 21 years. He retired as Managing Director in 2017.

Fiona McDermott

Fiona is a non-executive director on both the Homes for Lambeth group and Build boards. She was previously a partner at KPMG for 10 years focused on strategy and transactions with a range of organisations from FTSE 100, start-up enterprises, and the public sector She is also the Strategic Director for Finance and Investment for Lambeth.

Tom Branton

Tom sits on the HFL Group, Build, Homes and Living boards and brings wide-ranging private and public sector development and regeneration experience. Tom is skilled in the delivery of complex urban regeneration projects having worked on a number of large scale projects both across London and in SE Asia. As Director for Regeneration and Housing Growth at LB Lambeth, Tom is responsible for leading regeneration, housing growth and development strategies for the borough.

Alison Muir

Alison Muir is Non- Executive Director at Homes for Lambeth, sitting on the Homes for Lambeth Board. She has significant experience in the housing sector and is Director of Resident Services at Peabody. Alison is a member of the London Fuel Partnership which advises and supports the Mayor of London on Fuel Poverty. She also currently sits on the board of Gateway Housing Association, chairs the G15 Housing Directors group and has had several articles published in various housing sector journals.

Neil Euesden

Neil Euseden is the Director of Housing Services at Lambeth Council and sites on the HFL Group, Build, Homes and Living boards. Prior to Lambeth, Neil was a Managing Director at Pinnacle as large housing contractor and provider. Neil brings a commercial and detailed understanding of service delivery, customer service and ensuring we have the right culture in that part of the organisation that encourages staff development.

Peter Walters

Peter is a Non-Executive Director of Homes for Lambeth, sitting on the Homes for Lambeth Homes Board. He has extensive experience in the housing sector, including as CEO of two large housing associations and a Director of Housing and Social Services for the London Borough of Merton. He is also the Chair of Central and Cecil Housing Trust and is a trustee at Housing Justice.

David Gannicott

David is a Non-Executive Director of Homes for Lambeth, sitting as a Board Director of Homes for Lambeth Build and Living. He has worked at board and strategic executive level in the housing sector for over 25 years, including senior executive roles at L&Q and Hyde Housing Group. He is a passionate advocate for providing housing for people that cannot access the private market and has particular expertise in Low-Cost Home Ownership.

Councillor David Amos

Cllr Amos is the council appointed elected member of the HFL Group and Build boards. Along with the other board members, he provides guidance, oversight and decision making to Homes for Lambeth. He is the Councillor for Prince's Ward in Vauxhall.

Our Memberships

We are members and supporters of a range of organisations, you can see a list of them below.

The London Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by 7,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage that meets everyday needs Over 250,000 employees have received a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage campaign.

Disability Confident 

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.

Race at Work Charter 

The government has announced a 'race at work charter' containing a series of measures to tackle ethnic disparities in the workplace. Developed in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), the charter states a list of principles and actions for businesses to publicly commit to.

House Proud Pledge 

The HouseProud Pledge is a scheme that all social housing providers can sign up to, to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support. 

British Dyslexia Association 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been the voice of dyslexic people since 1972. They are a membership organisation working to achieve a dyslexia-friendly society for all. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence the government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Housing Diversity Network 

Housing Diversity Network is a social enterprise that aims to inspire and empower people, promoting equality, diversity and opportunity for all. They work collaboratively to support organisations to improve how they address inequality, get the most from their staff and meet the needs of the communities they work with.

Mayor of London's Good Work Standard

The Mayor's GoodWork Standard brings together the best employment practice and links to resources and support from across London to help employers improve their organisations. The initiative has been developed in collaboration with London's employers, professional bodies and experts.

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